Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Osmond Monday? Happy Osmonday?

What is going on in Amurica? Have you noticed the resurgence of the Osmond dynasty? First they garnered new attention due to Marie's Dancing with the Stars passing out moment, then with Father Osmond's passing away, then on the great Oprah lollapolooza, then Marie's revelation on Larry King that her 16 year-old son is in rehab, and now Entertainment Tonight is going to devote an hour to them.

Apparently, people, we're seeing some kind of reawakening, a revival, a renaissance--it's an Osmania epidemic.

It was a little creepy seeing all of those middle aged women in Oprah's audience still swooning over "Puppy Love." These are the same deluded women who thought Donny was singing the song to them personally in 1970-whatever, and now they still imagine he's singing directly to them. Puh-leeze. I've held my peace long enough--I feel I must finally come out of the shadows and admit that it was I to whom Donny was singing all of his songs in 1970-whatever, and it was so, so obvious on Oprah that he's still hung up on me on me, poor guy.

Of course I have a couple of friends who contend that they also had the idea to head out to Utah when they were 11 to marry him, but seeing as I had actually been through Utah once in a sweltering camper with my stupid brother pestering me all the way to CA and back, I was way ahead of those amateurs.

Yes, I had most of their albums, had a Donny lunch box in elementary school, and I saw them in concert twice. The ugly sequined jumpsuit era was the best, wasn't it? In that first picture, have you ever seen a happier girl on Christmas morning? And I don't know why I look so sober in the next pic unless I was trying to be cool.

I'm wondering, as I look at that album cover now, what message their promoters were trying to get across?: "Osmonds--The New Squeaky Clean Kind of Pimps"?

And I don't know what took me so long, but I just had myself a ball looking at old footage on You Tube, including those state fair concerts. I have to say, in all seriousness, I choked up. I felt like someone had picked me up and placed me back in 1973, and I was 10 years old again. I remembered what it was like to be that happy, goofy little girl in the first picture for the first time since I've grown up. That was fun.

So here they are singing one of my favorites, and you should watch it because I'm an expert. The best part is the choreography during "Turnin', turnin' love keeps a-burnin' like a fire in my heart when we're apart, but when we're back together, you keep changin' like the weather. Whoops Now!" ("Yo-Yo") You will crack up and find yourself movin' your shoulders up and down. Yes you will.

So, I was shopping tonight, and I came across a Christmas CD that, while not a new release, may be newly interesting to those out there experiencing resurrected Donny love. So I'm giving it away. Just leave me a comment and tell people about it and I'll draw for it next OsMonday, November 26.

Here are the selections FYI:

1 Angels We Have Heard On High
2 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
3 I've Been Looking For Christmas
4 After December Slips Away
5 The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
6 Baby, What You Goin' To Be
7 Deck The Halls / Hark The Herald Angels Sing
8 I'll Be Home For Christmas
9 Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas
10 O Holy Night / Divine
11 Soldier's King
12 The Kid In Me
13 My Grown-Up Christmas List
14 Mary Did You Know?
15 Come To The Manger


Roxanne said...

I enjoyed seeing Flip Wilson just as much. :) I remember watching Donnie and Marie on t.v.. . .I'm a little bit country, and I'm a little bit rock-'n-roll. I also remember my mother laughing IN CHURCH when our new minister crossed his legs while sitting up on the podium giving everyone a glimpse of his purple socks. He seemed ancient to me but was probably in his late 20's or early 30's.

Carol said...

It was fun to see Flip Wilson in that clip! And to see someone under her Christmas tree holding her Donny goods. ;-)

PJ said...

Ah! You youngsters! Dony Who? For me it was THE KING...Elvis himself. And no, he's still not dead. They just have him hidden somewhere! He lives!

Susanne said...

Oh Linda. Poor deluded, Linda. I've already tried to tell you, dear, that Donny was singing totally to me. It was all over his face. You've really got to let go, girl.

That video was great. It sorta reminded me of a couple aerobics classes I was in.

And did you not know? Donny has a new release of '70's love songs. Oh yeah, he does. Check it out on his website. You can even listen to them. But remember, dear, he's singing to moi!

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Robin said...

Whoo hoo! I KNOW Donny was singing to me! I had the biggest crush on him when I was a kid - funny thing is, he looks the same and me - not so much!
Anyway, I would love to enter your drawing!

Heth said...

Osmonday? Lol.
Not to rub it in or anything but I was TWO years old in 1979. He was definitely not singing to me, unless it was lullabys. So is Donny the one with the yellow sashy belt thing? :)

Melanie said...

Maybe one of them is about to run for President. Everyone else is.

Anonymous said...

I love this place!!!

I have had one of the most incredible days, and this was just poured fudge on top of it all.

Love it!!!

Susan said...

Oh oh oh, pick me! pick me! I promise I'll post about it later on tonight or tomorrow morning. When is the ET special? I really want to DVR it. I loved Oprah...

Gee, Linda, you're like the Osmond Agent...I wouldn't have known about Oprah if it wasn't for you!


:-) Susan

msdebbiea said...

Woohoo!!!! What a flash from the past. . .they were so cool, weren't they? Today was the official "kick off" day for me listening to Christmas music~~~love it! And I must say, this CD is missing from my extended collection! :) Thanks for stroll down memory lane~~~~~~

Kimberly said...

Oh my stars! I laughed so hard I had to stop for a potty break. How could they sing while bouncing so hard? They had to be lip syncing!
I, too, had a HUGE crush on Donny. As well as on Peter in The Monkeys, Bobby Sherman, and David Cassidy. Those were the days!
I was traveling the day Oprah had them all on her show. So sad! Do they ever do re-runs of her shows?
Girl, reading your blog is like looking into a mirror. We must be twins separated at birth!

thouartloosed said...

Enough about Donny! It was Davy Jones who was worthy of all my devotion. Although, I must admit Donny aged better. Perhaps he's younger than Davy...

Amy said...

Hi Linda! I was fortunate to see them on Larry King the other night. I didn't know they were going to be on! So many of my "so called" friends used to tell me that Donny was a has been. I'm sorry, but that man has stayed in the biz and done well! Oh well, what do they know? I can always get different friends! LOL!

In all seriousness though it just breaks my heart when they talk about their faith. I really do pray that they will come to know Jesus as their Saviour. Just imagine if ALL the Osmonds got saved!

I love all the pics! I only have dial at home, but I was a patient girl and let them load. Sigh! I still have all my albums and 45's too.

Weren't you crushed when you found out he got married? I about died. Of course, I was about 13 at the time, but still. I figured when we made eye contact at the Indianapolis State Fair concert he would leave Debbie and come rushing to my side. Maybe he's taking his time. ;o)

Okay, see what you've done? I could ramble on for hours about our man! Well, at least until my other man comes home.

Hope you and your family have a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving!

TiffanyAga said...

Thank you so much for your compliments!!! I know that "I" think Caden is the cutest ever, but it's nice to hear that others think the same. He is my joy!! I am truly blessed. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Sandy said...

Hi Linda. You always make me laugh ... and I did happen to catch Oprah and I made my 11 yr old dtr watch it, cuz I had to explain how in love I was w/D.
Well, they did say they are touring England next yr - all of them? They are BACK! :)
Happy Thanksgiving. Sandy

Mechel said...

Okay, girl, I created a google account JUST to tell you this:

I was too young the first go round of the Osmonds, Monkees and Beatles, but remember in the 80's when they REALLY CAME BACK? Yeah, that was me. That was my "gonna marry him someday" time, except not only did I have to get over the fact that I was like 13, but I also had the time warp issue. Hmm.

Anyway, my point is, I was working at a clothing store in the mall when I was 16, and DONNY came to our mall to sign autographs! I got off work that day with my MC hammer pants and frizzy hair, but NO PAPER for a record of such a grand occasion! So I used my pay stub. Pitiful. Anywho, by the time I got off work, the line was still really long and they had closed it since he had to go. So I found his limo outside the mall. I go from pitiful to outlandishly resourceful. So as I'm standing there waiting, GUESS who walks through the door FIRST!! Yep! As the door opened, there I was, face to face with an icon. I couldn't think of anything else to say, so I said, "I'm really not a groupie or anything, I just got off work." And then I handed him my check stub. Pitiful. I also managed to give him my own personal autograph that I had written on a napkin on break. NO I didn't include a PHONE NUMBER!! I just told him I figured it was time someone gave him an autograph for a change...and that he should hold on to it, just in case.

OH yeah, then he PICKED UP a braid in my hair and said, "Cool braid." From pitiful to SKY HIGH. :-)

Love your blog, girl, keep it up!

God bless!

Linda said...

Oh Mechel, you lived the dream, baby girl; you lived the dream.

You know, it's interesting, of all the comments here, hardly anyone said, "I want the CD." I can't decide if they wanted it or just wanted to say something but they're not such a huge fan. Oh well. I'll assume they possess Donny-Love.

Sandy, I made my 15 year old watch Oprah with me, too. And she has THOROUGHLY enjoyed the You Tube nostalgia feast. Of course, she enjoys it by laughing AT it. Sheesh.

Jenn said...

Hey there, happened upon your blog via Big Mama's comment section and thought that I would love to be entered to win a Donny Osmond Christmas CD :) I'm new to Osmania as I was born in '77 so I didn't have the full appreciation that I should have had then. But I'm coming around ;)

Thanks for the chance...and I also enjoyed reading this post. I love a blog that makes me giggle just a 'lil bit.

Cyndee@Riezzee's Place said...

I was young in 1979, but I remember watching the Donny and Marie show. Purple became my favorite color and one of the best Christmas' ever included a Donny Osmund album (I wonder where that went?). Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I would love the CD (no longer called albums...)

samurai said...

Why not... I'll toss my hat in the ring...

Tammy said...


I didn't want to leave you guessing! ;)

Oh, Linda...first of all, I almost posted about this last week...I was beside myself watching them on Oprah. I never even watch that show anymore but my sweet 80 yr old mom called me to let me know the whole family would be on, so I thought, OK...that would be kinda' fun.
It was more than fun! I had the double joy of not only going back in time with all the clips...but seeing my 8 yr old discover the Osmonds for the very first time! She giggled at seeing her dignified mommy singing along with all the hits.
And you just let me see the whole yo-yo video....thank you thank you! My girls watched it with me and loved it...they really did an aerobic routine, didn't they?

Strangely, I wasn't completely madly in love with Donny quite the same way as you were back "in the day" but I did love all the Osmonds...and if I missed one episode of Donny and Marie's show, my whole week was a mess.

Oh, and I see their family perform live at the Oregon State Fair in 1984...woohooo!

Ok, I'm going to go watch the video again before I dive into more Thanksgiving housecleaning...thanks for the fun break, dear Linda!

Tammy said...

P.S...loved that you have pics of receiving those albums! :D

Anonymous said...

Jonathan and Marie should have gotten a 30. Bruno was in a mood...

marina said...

tammy I agree with you I don't think I ever miss a Donnie & Marie show!!and I tape Oprah I had to it was the Osmonds !!It was fun walking down memory lane But did you all notice that when they sang ONE BAD APPLE' JIMMY SANG" DONNY PART "OH I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY SAY I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY SAY NOW" I wanted to hear Donny not JIMMY!!!! TRULY THAT WAS THE AGE ON LIKE NEVER BEFORE IT WAS THE OSMONDS,DAVID CASSIDY,JAKSON-5 how sad what has become of them.
Anyway .I know form the bottom of my heart that Donny is still looking for me Linda,,,I am sorry but its ture he was really singing to me. LOL,marina thanks for the memories

marina said...

ps..linda, you got me humming there songs!!!

PJ said...

P.S. I'm not so Elvis fixated that I don't want in the drawing for the Dony CD!! :)

Janice said...

I am always up for good Osmond music! I think he has definitely improved with age!!!

truth said...

I had noticed the resurgence! I love the pics. My mom might have a few like that of me (except I always had short hair.) So, yeah, it would be fun to own the album.

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

you know I want that CD!!!!

I loved and love Donny Osmond.. I was like his #1 fan...when i was young.. now.. I know you think you were Linda.. but I'm sorry, he wrote ME... and I knew he meant everything he said.. I was his true love...Puppy love maybe but I was it....

so,,, I'm sorry if this crushes you.. the truth is out....

I was the reason, he couldn't see you... ROFL...

I WANT THAT CD....girlfriend, sweet thing... my dear one...

Ang baylis said...

Seems like yesterday when I had a poster hanging on the wall in my bedroom... just a few years ago... or so!
I'd LOVE the c.d.
Not sure how I came across your blog... It must have been meant to be!

Happy THANKSgiving!
Angie xoxo

Carrie said...

Oooh I can't believe I almost missed this. I love Christmas music! Please enter me in your contest. Thanks for being so generous!

God bless :)

Heather said...

I so LOVED Donny Osmond! And I am still a huge Osmond fan. I would love that CD!